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National Archives and Records AdministrationA Rural Community: Holtville, Alabama (1945)

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National Archives and Records Administration

A Rural Community: Holtville, Alabama

U.S. Information Agency. (1982 - 10/01/1999)

ARC Identifier 47087 / Local Identifier 306.286. This film documents daily life in the small, rural community of Holtville, Alabama.

Made possible by a donation from John and Paige Curran.



This movie is part of the collection: FedFlix

Producer: National Archives and Records Administration
Language: English
Keywords: archives.gov; public.resource.org

Creative Commons license: Public Domain


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Reviewer: ivyleaf - 5.00 out of 5 stars5.00 out of 5 stars5.00 out of 5 stars5.00 out of 5 stars5.00 out of 5 stars - February 16, 2011
Subject: My hometown
I grew up here and so did my Father. The movie tells the story of a project where the school was used to transform the community. While the casual viewer might have a different opinion of the movie, it is wonderful for those of us who grew up and went to the school or who lived in the agrarian South. The movie portrays one facet of rural life in the South. I am happy to see my Grandfather, parents and family friends come to life! I was not born when the movie was made but saw it many times as a student at Holtville. My parents both taught school there.
Reviewer: PL_Maven - - March 15, 2010
Subject: Life in all-white Alabama
White people of 1946 Alabama go to school, farm, do home canning. (Presumably there were blacks in Holtville in 1946, but none are depicted.) A mildly interesting look at an earlier, simpler era. No sound from about 25:00 to about 35:00.

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